Illuminae - YA Review by Eli S-M

Reader: Eli S-M
Age: 16
Title: Illuminae
Author: Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff
Publisher: Random House Children's Books
Pub Date: 10/20/15
Galley: Yes
Top 25: No
Convince us to read the book: This is an interesting and highly original book that features a unique format, setting, and plot. The setting, a convoy of company and government spaceships on the run from the fleet of a rival company, is original and exciting. The plot manages to keep you on the edge of your seat throughout the book's 600 or so pages by constantly throwing new challenges and danger at the characters. Illuminae does suffer from a lack of clear explanation surrounding some of the events at the end. It seemed as though some things happened just so that the book could have an exciting climax.
Memorable or Forgettable: This book was extremely memorable, mainly because of the unique format. The story is told as a series of ship's logs, security camera footage summaries, and emails between main characters. This format has its advantages, but also its disadvantages- it's very hard to get into the character's heads and understand their motivations. It did, however, certainly make the book memorable.
Cover: The cover was somewhat interesting, and neither tempted me nor turned me away. It did not accurately reflect the book's contents - I had absolutely no idea what it would be about until I started reading. 
Age Range: 12 through 18 and up
Quality: 3Q - Readable
Popularity: 4P - Broad general teen appeal

tags:  science fiction / dystopian / suspense / ya lit

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